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February 5, 2016 - Global News

New Zealand New CV Registrations Set Record

New Zealand commercial vehicle registrations scored a record in January with 2,994 vehicles, making it the strongest January in the country's automotive history.

Tags: Toyota, Mazda, New Zealand, Ford, Holden, Motor Industry Association of New Zealand

February 4, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Sets Fleet Advance Product Planning Meetings

Ford will host 12 advance product planning meetings in March to provide fleet professionals with details about its 2017 model-year lineup, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Ford, Fleet Previews, 2017-MY

February 4, 2016 - Industry News

Commercial, Government Fleet Sales Start Strong in 2016

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

Sales of commercial and government fleet vehicles from eight manufacturers started 2015 with nearly double-digit gains as major manufacturers such as Ford and General Motors continued shifting car sales away from rental fleets.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Ford, General Motors, Ford F-150, Full-Size Vans, Car Rental

February 2, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Van Sales Reach Four-Decade Peak

Photo of 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Sales of full-size and compact vans have continued to show strength, as Ford sold nearly 10,000 full-size Transit vans in January, following the company's best year of van sales since 1978.

Tags: Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, General Motors, Compact Vans, Ford, FCA US, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Nissan

January 27, 2016 - Industry News

Ford E-Series Recall Tied to Trailer Braking

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The recall affects 83 2016 model-year cutaway and chassis cab vehicles in North America, including 75 in the U.S.

Tags: Recalls, Ford, Ford E-Series, 2016-MY, Cargo Vans

January 27, 2016 - Industry News

More Air Bag Recalls Expected for 5.1M Vehicles

Photo courtesy of NHTSA.

Yet another round of Takata air bag inflator recalls will involve vehicles from several automakers, including Ford, Toyota and Honda.

Tags: Toyota, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Honda, Mazda, Volkswagen, Saab, Recalls, Takata, Ford, Air Bags, NHTSA, Sprinter

January 25, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Expands Super Duty Chassis Cab Production

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant will produce its 2017 F-Series Super Duty chassis cab for its next generation Super Duty trucks that will shed up to 350 pounds in an aluminum-intensive redesign.

Tags: Ford, Ford Super Duty, Ford F-Series, Chassis Cab Trucks

January 21, 2016 - Industry News

Stop-Start Standard for 2017 EcoBoost F-150s

Photo of 2017 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford is adding auto stop-start as standard equipment on 2017 F-150 trucks powered by EcoBoost engines, the truck maker has announced.

Tags: Ford, Large Pickups, Stop-Start, 2017-MY, Ford F-150, Fuel Efficiency

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Testing Self-Driving Cars in Snow

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The challenging winter-weather testing is based in Michigan, including Mcity on the campus of the University of Michigan.

Tags: Ford, University of Michigan, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Driving Vehicles, Winter Driving

January 12, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Adds Two Fusion Sedans, Updates Hybrids

Photo of 2017 Fusion Platinum by Mike Antich.

Ford has added two models to its mid-size Fusion sedan lineup for 2017, including the V-6-powered Sport and top-line Premium models, adding twin-turbocharging and all-wheel drive as enhancements.

Tags: Ford Fusion, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford, Ford Fusion Energi, Mid-Size Sedans, 2017-MY, Detroit Auto Show

January 12, 2016 - Press Release

Ford to Launch FordPass Mobility Services Suite

Mark Fields, President and CEO of Ford, talks about FordPass at the North American International Auto Show. Photo courtesy of Ford.

As part of its transformation into an auto and mobility company, Ford is introducing FordPass, a platform that re-imagines the relationship between automaker and consumer.

Tags: Parking, Ford, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Mobility Service

January 11, 2016 - Industry News

Video: Ford Ties Wearables to Driver-Assist Tech

Potential applications for smart watches and fitness bands include linking health data to active safety features, such as lane-keeping assist.

Tags: Ford, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Wearable Computers

January 11, 2016 - Industry News

Ford's 2017 F-150 Raptor Gets SuperCrew Model

Photo of 2017 Raptor SuperCrew courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2017 F-150 SVT Raptor will be available in a SuperCrew model that extends the wheelbase 12 inches and includes four full-size doors to provide rear passengers more legroom.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Large Pickups, Off-Road Vehicles, Detroit Auto Show, Crew Cab

January 6, 2016 - Industry News

AT&T's 4G LTE to Connect 10M Ford Vehicles by 2020

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford and AT&T will bring high-speed connectivity to more than 10 million vehicles via Ford's new connected-vehicle technology SYNC Connect in the next five years.

Tags: AT&T, Ford SYNC, Ford, Infotainment Systems, Broadband, Connected Car

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Video: Ford Triples Self-Driving Test Fleet

Photo of autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid test vehicle courtesy of Ford.

The automaker is adding 20 Fusion Hybrid autonomous vehicles for testing on roads in California, Arizona and Michigan.

Tags: Ford, Self-Driving Vehicles, Ford Fusion Hybrid

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Pairs Drone Delivery System With F-150

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has developed a drone delivery system that could be deployed from the rear of an F-150 truck that could be used for emergency response or commercial uses in agriculture, forestry, construction, bridge inspection or other surveying work.

Tags: Ford F-150, Emergency Response Vehicles, Ford, Commercial Drones

January 4, 2016 - Industry News

Toyota, Ford Challenge Apple-Google Car Screens

Logo: Ford

Toyota has adopted Ford's SmartDeviceLink (SDL) platform that provides an alternative to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to integrate smartphones with their vehicles.

Tags: Toyota, Connected Car, Ford, Smartphones

December 30, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Sees Spike in Inventions, Patents in 2015

Wearable devices are among Ford's inventions in 2015. Image courtesy of Ford.

Many are tied to the Ford Smart Mobility initiative and involve such evolving technologies as autonomous vehicles and connected-car communications.

Tags: Ford, Patents, Self-Driving Vehicles, Connected Vehicle Technology, Wearable Computers, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communications, Pedestrian Safety, Bicycles

December 28, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Escape, Focus ST for Stalling

Photo of Ford Escape courtesy of Ford.

The recall, set to get under way next week, covers about 9,000 vehicles manufactured in 2012 and 2013.

Tags: Ford Escape, Ford Focus, Recalls, 2013-MY, Ford, 2014-MY, Compact SUVs, NHTSA, Compact Cars

December 23, 2015 - Industry News

IMPCO to Offer Bi-Fuel CNG Ford F-150

Photo courtesy of IMPCO.

IMPCO Automotive has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to produce a bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2016 Ford F-150 pick-up powered by a 5.0L TI-VCT V-8 engine.

Tags: Ford F-150, EPA, Ford, Bi-Fuel Conversions, Impco, Bi-Fuel CNG

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

Ford F-150 SuperCrew Trucks Recalled for Seat Belts

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The action covers 2,590 2015 model-year trucks in the U.S.

Tags: Ford F-150, Seat Belts, Recalls, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Vans for Axle Shafts

Photo of Ford Transit courtesy of Ford.

The action covers 1,170 2015 model-year Ford Transit dual-rear-wheel vans in the U.S.

Tags: Recalls, Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

Ford, Google Partner on Self-Driving Vehicles

Photo of autonomous Fusion Hybrid courtesy of Ford.

Ford and Google are forming a joint venture to build self-driving vehicles using Google's technology in a partnership that's expected to be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Tags: Google, Ford, Automated Driving, Consumer Electronics Show

December 18, 2015 - Global News

State of the Australasian Fleet Market: 2015

Source: ACA Research

Dramatic changes are occurring in the Australian automotive industry. First, Ford announced it will stop assembling vehicles in Australia in 2016. Similarly, Holden and Toyota announced that they will cease local vehicle production in 2017.

Tags: Toyota, Global Fleet Market, Australia, New Zealand, Ford, Holden

December 16, 2015 - Industry News

Ford to Test Self-Driving Cars on Calif. Roads

Photo of Fusion Hybrid sedan courtesy of Ford.

In 2016, the automaker will begin testing autonomous Fusion Hybrids on California streets in an initiative driven by the company’s quickly expanding Silicon Valley-based research center.

Tags: Collision Avoidance Technology, Ford, Automated Driving, Silicon Valley, Ford Fusion Hybrid, California


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